Dogs 2010

BITCH
(10/12/10)


it is quite
amazing

really

she whines
complains
rants
and raves
almost every
waking
minute

the energy
to maintain
that angst
must be
staggering

it surely
staggers
him

even
on their nightly
walk
comprising four
fourteen minute miles
while he was struggling
to keep his breathing
normal
she was usually
on a cross town
tirade about
whatever
the topic
at mind

the topics
were legion

approaching
their home
that night
sky darkening
vision low
they see
a silhouette
at the side
of the house
standing
at the curb

it hardly
moved
in the two blocks
of their
nearing

"what
the FUCK
now?"

finally
they step
into the yard
and see not only
an old woman
with a stroller
at the curb
but a young one
scrambling
in the bushes
right next
to the bedroom
window

"can we HELP
you?"

the wife
challenges
angrily

"oh
is this your
house?

asks
the older
woman

"yes
what are you
DOING here?"

irritation evident
in the reply

then they see
the young woman
helping
a small child
out of shadows

"he saw
a cat
and chased it
into your
bushes"

sure enough
a small cat
on cue
jumps
to the porch

"that's not
OUR cat"

the wife accuses

"no
but you can sure
have it"

he adds
now laughing
at the situation

his wife
is not
amused

"can you
PLEASE
just get OUT
of OUR yard?"

the young
woman
gave only
a muttered
one word
reply
to the
request
as she shepherded
the child
toward
the street

"I just
can't BELIEVE
people

do they
THINK
that they can go
ANYWHERE
they please?"

he tried
to mitigate
the outrage
with a calm
explanation
of the situation
once
they were
inside

she
wasn't having
ANY
of it

it was going
to be
ANOTHER
long night